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Thursday, June 05, 2008

New York City School Has a History of Anti-Sikh Violence

New York City's Sikh community has again suffered the indignity of another hate crime against a Sikh student. This past Tuesday (June 4, 2008), Jagmohan Singh Premi, a student at Richmond Hill High School, was punched in the face after a student intentionally attempted to remove his patka (smaller turban). The perpetrator has a long, documented history of harassing Jagmohan in school, making fun of his patka and beard, and attempting to pull off his patka....

Jagmohan, a student at Richmond Hill High School in Queens, New York, was sitting in class when a student partially untied his patka. With his patka untied --- and with his teacher in the classroom --- Jagmohan tried to quickly secure it. At that moment Jagmohan's tormentor punched him in the face with a key between his knuckles.

Doctors stated that Jagmohan has a facial contusion as a result of the attack. In addition he has a possible orbital fracture. [Sikh Coalition Advisory]

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